More than 17,500 poultry were slaughtered in Egypt following reports of bird flu in a farm in the Dakahlia governorate (Delta).
Head of Veterinary Medicine Directorate, Abdel Moneim Al Mongy, said that veterinaries buried the dead and slaughtered poultry to control the spread of the virus.
Mongy added that Dakahlia’s Mit Ghamr and Gharbyia’s Santa cities were ranked among the most dangerous places as they have the virus.
The vets reported new H5N2, H8N2, H9N2 and IB strains. The fact that these strains are appearing for the first time in Egypt has made the situation all the more serious. “After the death of my poultry, I informed the Veterinary Medicine (Directorate) immediately,” said farm owner Maged Atman.
According to Mongy, the government should produce local veterinary medicine to cure the local virus strains and stop exporting drugs for strains not existing in Egypt. The Ministry of Health repeatedly urged all residents dealing with poultry to take all protective measures against the virus.
The virus first appeared in Egypt in 2006 and caused 41 deaths during 2015. Most cases are detected in impoverished rural areas that raise poultry.